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The Female Line
This project drew together contributions from young mothers at Ekaya Housing Association, women at Holloway Prison, London, women at the Centre for Filipinos, Hammersmith, and girls at The Bay Tree girls' group, Brixton.
We asked the contributors to reflect on the aspects of their identity and heritage that have come to them from their mothers and grandmothers, and to think about the effects that migration has had on their families. Using a combination of photography, creative writing, reminiscence, and computer skills, the groups created pieces inspired by their explorations. Some of the participants have mothers or grandmothers who migrated to England; whereas many have English mothers, and it was their fatherís side of the family that came from another country. But whatever peopleís background, the female line of their family tree has been influenced by migration; and without it, they would not be who they are.
Selected images from this project are also available as a physical exhibition, which your group can borrow from Moving Here. For details, see here:
The production of the exhibition was funded by the Peter Minet Trust, www.peterminet.org.uk
Ekaya Housing Association is a Lambeth-based housing association for black and minority-ethnic young mothers. For further details, see www.ekaya.co.uk.
The Bay Tree Centre, 300 Brixton Road, Brixton, provides education and training for women and girls in a safe and empowering environment. The centre offers after-school activities, and courses for adult women including ESOL and computing. For more information, call 020 7733 5283.
Holloway Prison is a women's prison and young offenders' institute in North London. There has been a prison on the site since 1851, and it became a purely women's prison in 1903. During its long history, it has held prominent prisoners such as Oscar Wilde (before Holloway's conversion to a purely women's prison, Wilde was held there on remand), and women such as the suffragette Christabel Pankhurst, early 20th-century Irish and women's activist Constance Markievicz, and many women from Greenham Common Peace Camp. The prison was completely rebuilt on the same site in the 1970s.
The Centre for Filipinos (CF) is a UK-based organisation, established in 1979. It aims to provide services for Filipino nationals and their families, and to celebrate and promote Filipino culture. For more details, see www.centreforfilipinos.org.
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